Self-Help: Reflexology Paths
“I can’t be funny if my feet hurt.” –Billy Crystal
Wise words indeed.
Reflexology Paths are all the rage in Japan (and Asia in general): in city parks, in natural areas, fitness facilities, even a car park garage and the roof of a sewage treatment plant. Each path is designed to work specific reflexes on the feet with carefully crafted walking surfaces.
Most of the Reflexology Paths in Japan are variations on the country’s first Reflexology Path at a Shiseido cosmetics factory.
In 1990 Abe Shunichi was tasked with helping his company’s health by constructing a health facility: “Our factory manager’s policy is that ‘good products cannot be produced by staff with health problems.'” (What a wise and wonderful perspective! I love that Credit Suisse feels the same way–they hire me to give employees Reflexology sessions a few times a year.)
A walking path and fully equipped gym were considered, but Mr. Shunichi drew on his personal experience with reflexology and decided to build a Reflexology Path.
Check out these cool examples of all kinds of Reflexology Paths and get inspired to discover or create your own the next time you’re outside, running around barefoot.
And if walking on bumpy surfaces outside isn’t your thing, use a foot roller as your indoor option. (You can buy one from me at your next session if you don’t already have one.) It’s great to use between sessions and you’ll be amazed how good you feel after just a minute or two.